Monday, January 16, 2012

BOOK REVIEW | Reflections of a UFO Investigator

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Reflections of a UFO Investigator By Kevin Randle By Rich Reynolds
The UFO Iconoclast(s)

     I’m reading Kevin Randle’s newest book, pictured above.

It’s more than interesting; it’s full of details and UFO events that have hovered on the fringe of Ufology and have life, again, because Mr. Randle checked them out as part of his UFO journey, which he refreshes for us, starting in his high school days.

I’ve been hard on Kevin in the past, not because I don’t like him or because he’s flawed in some way but because he’s one of the UFO biggies, and it’s incumbent upon critics to go after noteworthy people, not the wannabes.

But I have a new affection for Mr. Randle which actually began when I kept coming across his articles in my UFO magazine collections this past year.

His book confirms that my admiration is not unfounded.

Mr. Randle has been smart from the outset, taping his interviews with UFO witnesses and accumulating paperwork and documentation from the get-go.

Right off the bat, Mr. Randle provides UFO accounts that are fascinating:

The Paul Villa Jr. hoaxed photos of 1963

A 1966 story of teenagers hearing a strange buzzing sound outside a park shelter they were in, spotting odd lights, and seeing a bizarre, tall man in a raincoat.

A brush with contactee George van Tassel.

A rendezvous in 1968 with a Carroll Wayne Watts whose stories will enthuse our colleague Jose Caravaca – a persistence by “aliens’ to give Watts a physical examination, and descriptive features of Watts’ sojourn inside a craft and to outer space, with burley entities, and a photograph of a cigar-shaped craft.

And a 1965 Florida case brought forward by a John Reeves who allegedly interacted with a robot that came from a landed craft, that left indentations in the ground where it settled and some papers with unknown writing that Reeves gathered, and provided to the Air Force.

The Philadelphia Experiment.

All this in the first 33 pages!

Mr. Randle goes on to write about his research into UFO abduction events and, of course, Roswell, which is where his special expertise lies.

(He’s one of the few bona fide Roswell researchers, despite what skeptics counter. And he’s amenable to changing his views of what happened near Roswell in 1947, as he continues to scour the accumulated “evidence” and hints that have survived or keep coming up anew.)

Now I’m not anywhere finished with the book, savoring its detail and materials that only Mr. Randle can provide, from his long, ongoing search for the UFO truth(s).

I’ll come back again and again to his book and the UFO accounts in it.

Meanwhile I suggest you hie yourself to to get a copy. Anomalist is the publisher of the book which sells for $15.95 and can be found also at, Barnes & Noble, and other booksellers, online and off.

I’ll be citing other UFO cases highlighted by Mr. Randle’s personal investigations, and taking you through the vicissitudes of his remarkable and long journey in the weird, intriguing world of UFOs and the people associated with it, then and now.

It’s a good read, well written, of course – Mr. Randle is an author of countless other books about varying topics – and it’s a source of invaluable insights about UFO cases we all think we know but really don’t, until now.

Kudos to Kevin Randle for this effort. It will be the standard for UFO researchers, who need to learn what it means to investigate and research the won’t-go-away UFO mystery.

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